Disability & Racial Injustice

Office of Student Access and Accommodations

The OSAA supports and recognizes the importance of engaging in work around injustice. The NASPA Disability Knowledge Community (DKC) compiled a list of resources that address racial injustice and disability. The DKC notes that, “Racial injustice is inextricably linked to disability injustice and it is our duty as Disability Professionals to be actively involved and engaged so that we may support Black lives and incorporate anti-racist frameworks in our efforts for disability justice.”

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

More Information

  • Blackness and Disability: Critical Examinations and Cultural Interventions (2011) ed by Christopher Bell
  • African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860 (2013) by Dea Boster
  • Bodyminds Reimagined: (Dis)ability, Race, and Gender in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction (2018) by Sami Schalk
  • Fantasies of Identification (2014) by Ellen Samuels
  • Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (2015) by Susan Birch and Hannah Joyner
  • Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression (1998) by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Culture of Blindness (2009) by Terry Rowden
  • The Cancer Journals (1980) by Audre Lorde
  • Disability and Difference in Global Contexts (2011) by Nirmala Erevelles
  • The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (2009) by Jonathan Metzl
  • DisCrit: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Education (2016) ed by David Conner, Beth Ferri, and Subini Annamma
  • Disability Incarcerated (2014) ed by Chris Chapman, Liat Ben-Moshe, and Allison Carey
  • Decarcerating Disability (2020) by Liat Ben-Moshe
  • The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (2011) by Carolyn McCaskill
  • New Body Politics: Narrating Arab and Black Identities in the Contemporary United States (2014) by Theri Pickens
  • Black Madness: Mad Blackness
  • Racializing Disability, Disabling Race: Policing Race and Mental Status